Virginia Underground Power Line Report to SCC

This 2006 report can be found at:  It is over 150 pages long and contains a lot of information relevant to our struggle.

Highlites they cited include:

  • Technologies are available to enable electric transmission lines to be placed underground.
  • Except when there are very expensive right-of-way costs associated with an overhead line, an underground line is likely to be about four to ten times more expensive than an overhead line. (PPWC comment: so be it, and when it serves primarily commercial and industrial users they should pay for it … not rate payers)
  • The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has rarely supported the use of underground lines primarily due to concerns about costs and reliability.
  • The SCC and Dominion Virginia Power do seek to address aesthetic, environmental, and property value concerns associated with overhead lines, but through means other than undergrounding, such as altering routes or adjusting the type or size of towers used in an overhead line.
  • More transmission lines are planned in future years, and improved planning and availability of information could enhance transmission line decision-making.

One thing that caught my eye was an picture of of 230Kv lines in Virginia:



This one fell in a wind storm, but you can see the overall ugly around these lines.

2 Replies to “Virginia Underground Power Line Report to SCC”

  1. This picture of a tower blown down creates even more concern. There is a lot of wind around my house near the base of Bull Run Mountain. I know that the neighbors also comment on the wind in this area. Quite often it is much windier around my house than any place else. We often refer to it as a “wind tunnel”. Now I not only have to worry about the health risks and ascetics of a tower but also whether or not it will fall on my house! I wonder if Dominion Power has even considered the dangers of placement of towers at the base of mountains were a “wind tunnel” might exist.

  2. This picture of a power line tower felled by a windstorm causes me great concern. The are surrounding my home at the base of Bull Run Mountain is like a wind tunnel. It is always windy here and extremely windy when it is only mildly windy in other places. Now not only do I have to worry about the health risks and ascetics of such a tower in my backyard, I also have to worry about it falling on my house. I wonder if Dominion Power has considered such environmental factors in placing such a tower at the base of Bull Run Mountain?

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